Category Archives: Stonework

Restoration of Brownstone Lintel Details

Brownstone is a soft sandstone from Connecticut which is famously in use throughout Manhattan and Brooklyn for building stone and has, ever since installation, rapidly deteriorated from the freeze thaw cycle. It is probable that it was an unwise material … Continue reading

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Specific Instructions for Unique “Beehive” Masonry Pizza Oven Design

As you may know, we love to hear about technical innovations in the service of producing more and better masonry pizza ovens. From Florida, we just received a detailed account of the process of building an outdoor  beehive shaped masonry … Continue reading

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Stone Tower of Pizza Oven Cooks to Perfection.

They say there is another tower of Pizza in Italy, but it leans badly and it doesn’t even come close to cooking as good a pizza as this fourteen foot tall free standing, outdoor pizza oven. A technical achievement, this … Continue reading

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The Great Stone Retaining Wall of Onteora

  Like other more familiar great walls, this stone veneered retaining wall required a degree of engineering to ensure that it fills its purpose. 500 feet long and up to 16 feet high, this wall holds back a massive amount … Continue reading

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Colonial Cut Stone Center Chimney Dismantled and Installed.

Colonial era cut stone center chimneys are relatively common in southern New England. The stonework there is generally superior to that found points north, where chimneys are mostly out of brick. The hearth is literally the center and “focus” (Latin … Continue reading

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Egyptian Monuments in Vermont Marble

During the nineteenth century, Egyptian imagery was widely adopted in the US for stone monuments, public and private. Visit any old settler graveyard, and at a certain point, it sprouts a forest of obelisks. Here is a fairly early example … Continue reading

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Documentation Assures that Rough Stone Entrances are Reassembled Exactly Like Original

In 1933, Rockefeller Hall was built by the National Park Service in Acadia National Park in Maine. The style is a neo-French Provincial and features seven unprotected stone entrances, all with stairs and landings. Such structures may fare well in … Continue reading

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Repair Portland Cement Damage to Colonial Chimney Brickwork

A little over a century ago, portland cement mortar began to supercede pure lime mortar until the latter has become widely unavailable, even for repairs. Florentine Renaissance Masonry of Salem, Massachusetts shows how previous attempts at restoration using portland cement … Continue reading

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Matching Scagliola Cartouches to Natural Marble Stone Panels

Dundean Studios of Chatham, NJ did a remarkable job of painting cast scagliola pilaster cartouches to match adjacent natural marble panels and moldings in this Manhattan apartment building lobby. While the cartouches over the elevators are Scagliola, the other corbels … Continue reading

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Rebuilding Arts and Crafts Stone Fireplace Out of Native Stone

David Knox of Cassella Construction Corporation of Red Hook, New York rebuilt this native stone fireplace for the Tuckaway vacation cabin in the Catskill mountains. The fireplace was part of a larger project, which included restoration of the stone chimney. … Continue reading

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